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date: 30 November 2021

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This chapter focuses on the contribution of fathers’ coercion and its impact on child development. It employs a life course model to discuss the contributions of fathers beginning with infancy and toddlerhood through early adulthood. It begins with a discussion of Patterson’s coercion model followed by a review of extant research on fathers. It then illustrates recent extensions of coercion research focusing on fathers in infancy in a Norwegian representative sample. The empirical literature on fathers is reviewed critically in consideration of disentangling genetic and environment effects, suggesting both aspects of fathering contribute to development. The chapter ends with a discussion of treatment and preventive intervention efforts focused on engaging and ameliorating fathers’ coercive behaviors.

Keywords: father, coercion, life course, infancy, behavior genetics, intervention

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